Rebel With a Camera: The Cinema of Ousmane Sembène
Ousmane Sembène, otherwise known as the father of African cinema, is one of the key figures of world cinema, and yet his works—still relevant today—remain unknown to many. Through this programme we will explore his work through the new and highly acclaimed documentary SEMBÈNE!, capturing the life of this prolific filmmaker. This will be screened alongside three of Sembène’s films explored in the documentary: Xala, Moolaadé and Black Girl, each of which was in itself a key and groundbreaking work of world cinema.
The programme is coordinated in collaboration with Aya Distribution with the support of the BFI, awarding funds from The National Lottery.
La noire de… (Black Girl)
Ousmane Sembène | Senegal/France 1966 | 1h5m | French with English subtitles | 12
The film tells the tragic story of Diouana, a young Senegalese woman who finds work as a childminder for a French couple in Dakar. When the couple return to the south of France, she goes with them, dreaming of a life of luxury and fine clothes on the Côte d'Azur. However, things don't turn out as she planned.
The first major work of Senegalese director Ousmane Sembène, this 1966 film is widely recognized as one of the founding works of African cinema. A subtle but striking examination of racial and cultural prejudice and a crucial work in the history of African and Francophone cinema.
“The best film of 1969 … “a perfect short story … unlike anything in the film library: translucent and no tricks, amazingly pure, but spiritualized.“ –Manny Farber, Artforum